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>>> good morning. time is running out for lawmakers from stopping us to going over the fiscal cliff. the last chance for a deal might be today at 3:00. president obama has scheduled a meeting in the oval office with vice president biden by his side. he's hosting all the major players. the chances of success, depends on who you talk to. >> getting more optimistic. sometimes it's darkest before the dawn. >> this afternoons meetings feels much like optics. >> there are some signs of possible flexibility, but first of all it would be helpful if the house of representatives actually came back. right now we're at a stalemate, because the democrats haven't been willing to consider the issue of spending. >> i want to bring in perry bacon and it edward keith. most of that was just from today. is this meeting to hash out details or perhaps to save face bhf we go over the cliff? >> i would argue today's meeting is they actually thing the outlines of a deal are possible. the president will push today for some agreement in which the middle-class tax cuts are extended for everyone, while the high
on perhaps a band-aid or smaller deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. that is giving investors some hope today after what you mentioned was a very difficult week last week. we had five straight sessions of losses for the major indices. as basically the realization started to grow we aren't going to reach any kind of grand bargain. i think if you looked back about two months ago investors were more optimistic this would indeed happen. again as we moved toward that deadline right now investors are hoping at least for a small deal. so that is why we're seeing some strength in the markets today. interesting to note, though, i know you were talking about sequestration with your earlier guests. the defense talks are lower today on concerns about of course the automatic spending cuts which would have a big impact on the defense industry. >> that would be a surprise. cnbc's mary thompson, thank you. >> sure. >> everyone has a pet peeve when it comes to the english language. a michigan university is out with its annual list of words that people want banned. here are just a few. yolo, short for you only
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